Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows as he leaves a news conference after delivering a statement marking the 70th anniversary of World War Two's end, at his official residence in Tokyo August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Friday expressed "utmost grief" for the suffering Japan inflicted in World War Two, but said that future generations of Japanese should not have to keep apologizing for the mistakes of the past.Abe, marking the 70th anniversary of World War Two's end, also said he upheld past government apologies over the war including the landmark 1995 statement by then-premier Tomiichi Murayama, but offered no new apology of his own.Abe, who referred to the wartime sufferings of the Chinese in his statement, said he hoped China would recognize Japan's "candid feelings" and that he hoped to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping if the opportunity arose.
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